SpokenWord open mic every Monday except August au Chat Noir, Open Secret every Wednesday.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do two open mic nights (SpokenWord every Monday, Open Secret every Wednesday) and a writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A monthly podcast of SpokenWord Paris, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the
Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.

Note we’ll be closed in August.

Check next week’s theme here

Open Secret 
Every Wednesday David Leo Sirois hosts his open mic for poetry & song at the Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005, métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or St Michel (line 4.) Sign up 8.30pm. Themes annnounced by the mailing list and on facebook. Free.

The Other Writers’ Group
At Shakespeare & Company every Sunday

In 2005 I could only find one anglophone writers’ group in Paris and it was at a time I couldn’t make. So I started this one, the other writers’ group. It’s become an excellent feedback workshop running every Sunday. 6.30pm-8.30pm at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Suggested donation 5 euros. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by me, Bruce Sherfield and other regulars. Description Join us afterwards for a drink. Cheers, David Barnes

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Zoe Besmond de Senneville to Guest at SpokenWord Paris July 24th—Monday’s Theme: On the Horizon

fullsizeoutput_dd1Zoé is a French actress and poet born and raised in Paris. She has studied acting from Paris to the USA and made her film debut with Marina de Van and Denis Lavant in the adaptation of Thumb O’Neil for Arte. Having recently acted in Srinath Samarasinghe’s On The Skin(Sur La Peau), in 2016 and 2017 she has been onstage with the Makizart/La Poursuite in Molière’s The Miser, and with the collective Les Jenous in The Miracle of the Deglingue. Zoé has been creating poetry since 2015 and performs here and there with visual artists such as Zoé Stark and 3615.

20226410_10159140401255014_1227847078_oAccompanying Zoe on the piano will be Ed Bell, editor and co-host of Paris Lit Up.

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Ben Aleshire to Guest at SpokenWord Paris July 17th—Monday’s Theme: Strange/Strangers

Aleshire_photoBenjamin Aleshire is based in New Orleans, and travels the world as a poet-for-hire, composing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter. His work is forthcoming in Iowa Review and Boston Review, and he was recently featured in El Mundo, in Spain, and on SinoVision TV, in China. This summer during a residency at the Künstlerhaus Vorwerk-Stift in Hamburg, he created an artist-book of visual poems, ‘Currency’, from rags picked in the St. Pauli market. You can commission him every afternoon in front of Shakespeare & Co.

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Open Secret, 2nite: “Out of Love” with Matt Davis of The Wonder!

Matt Davis

Open Secret! Your own intimate, experimental open mic –
Wednesdays (2nite!) @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). At 8pm, nightlong sign-up commences, & at 9 le spectacle! Innovations in writing, song, comedy, performance art, theater, & dance…
2nite, the highly original grace of musician Matt Davis, of the longtime internationally-touring band The Wonder (https://thewonder.bandcamp.com/) – I have listened to their most-recent EP, Pilot, every day for almost 2 years!  Come be inspired by his poetic lyrics & powerful presence…Our theme this evening is the title of one Matt’s fresh alternative songs – “Out of Love.” As a great saint once said, “This world is nothing but a school of love.”
See you @ Le Bistrot des Artistes 2nite, in a loving & welcoming community! 🙂
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Naniso Tswai to Guest at SpokenWord Paris July 10th—Monday’s Theme: Revolution

19758384_10155650577439789_2073725762_nNaniso Tswai is a Berlin-based author and academic. His work is strongly embedded in broader issues of justice and peace, particularly as these relate to human rights and identity. Over the past five years he has shifted his focus from academic writing to fictional writing, this has come in the form of short stories and novels. He is also a Spoken Word performer, an artistic outlet which allows him to express himself with a different voice. He is the founder and current co-director of Berlin Spoken Word (BSW). BSW is an international group working on various projects based in Berlin. Its main event – which draws an audience of over 60 people each week – is a weekly open mic night providing a familiar space for spoken word poetry, stories, music, comedy and more. Several times throughout the year it invites international artists to be featured performers at the event. In addition to the open mic night, BSW also runs various other projects. Most prominently, these include Sharing Words that Matter (SWTM) and Berlin Unspoken.  SWTM is guerilla poetry outreach project which aims to spread awareness and engage the community in current and continuing social and political issues. Berlin Unspoken is BSW’s literary magazine. It features both local and international artists and is published quarterly.

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Troy Yorke to Guest at SpokenWord Paris July 3rd—Monday’s Theme: The City

TYORKE_MAIN_CMYKTroy Yorke’s poetry seeks beauty in the absurd and surreal, celebrating the darker corners of life, our minds, and our society with irreverence and humor. His work embraces the hidden brilliance in things we normally consider abhorrent and taboo, bringing marginalized voices centre-stage in a variety of experimental forms, language-play and character monologue. His works have been published in various literary magazines in North America and Europe, most recently in Upstairs at Duroc (Paris), and was included in the anthology The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2013 from Australia. He is currently on the editorial team for The Bastille, an Anglophone literary magazine based in Paris and released his first published collection of poetry Hole in My Side: Redemption of the Moon-Hooker in 2014.

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Open Secret @ Le Festin Nu 2nite: “Inhibitions” with the Improvokers, Kirsty Allison, & Ana Seferovic!

The Improvokers

Open Secret, that intimate, experimental open mic ***is exceptionally, this evening, being held in the back room of Le Festin Nu (Naked Lunch) in Montmartre*** 10 rue de la Fontaine du But, 75018 Paris. Métro Lamarck-Caulaincourt, line 12. Just cross rue Lamarck, go down the escalier, & it’s just down the hill, on your right.

8:00, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9, everything shines…poetry, comedy, music, theater, & more. Our theme 2nite is “Inhibitions.” Our featured act is the Improvokers! A comedic performance troupe who invite the audients to join them on stage, lose their inhibitions, & perform with them!

We also have some mind-blowing, no-inhibitions poets visiting, whom you may have seen at Poets Live last night – Kirsty Allison & Ana Seferovic! Powerful performance poetry you won’t want to miss…

See you @ Le Festin Nu 2nite! 🙂


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Joel Lewis to Guest at SpokenWord Paris June 26th—Monday’s Theme: The Beat Generation

2008_0510WCWpoets0095Joel Lewis’s latest book, My Shaolin, is a book-length poem that serves as a psychogeographic investigation of the southernmost portion of the New York Archipelago, Staten Island. According to poet/anthologist Trace Peterson “This commuter poem evokes big questions such as: what do we really take away from an experience of place in language, are we always just visiting and do we ever really get there?” Previous books include:  North River Rundown (2013), Surrender When Leaving Coach (2012), Learning From New Jersey (2007), Vertical’s Currency (1999) and House Rent Boogie (1992), winner of the second (and last) Ted Berrigan Memorial Award. He edited Bluestones and Salt Hay, an anthology of contemporary NJ poets, as well as editing Reality Prime, the selected poems of Walter Lowenfels and On The Level Everyday, the selected talks of Ted Berrigan.  A social worker by day, he has taught creative writing at the Poetry Project, The Writer’s Voice and Rutgers University. And, for better or worse, he initiated the ill-fated New Jersey Poet Laureate position that was such a headache for Amiri Baraka. With his wife, Rutgers University cinema professor Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, he resides in Hoboken

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Jennifer K. Dick to Guest at SpokenWord Paris June 19th—Monday’s Theme: Mechanics

20151114_184819Jennifer K Dick, originally from Iowa, resides in France where she is a Maître de Conférences (Associate Professor) of American Literature and Civilization at the Université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse. She is the author of CIRCUITS (Corrupt, 2013), ENCLOSURES (BlazeVox eBook, 2007), FLUORESCENCE (University of GA Press, 2004), and 6 chapbooks: AFTERLIFE (Angel House Press, Canada, June 24 2017), NO TITLE (Estepa editions, Paris, 2015), CONVERSION (Estepa editions, Paris, 2013) including art by Kate Van Houten, BETWIXT (Corrupt, 2012), Tracery (Dusie, 2012) and Retina/Rétine (Estepa, 2005) including art by Kate Van Houten and translations into French by Rémi Bouthonnier. Her new French collaborative artchapbook “COMME UN n° 10” came out Saturday June 17th 2017. She also co-edited two critical volumes on translation in the Humanities. She is currently at work on a large prose poem project about the CERN and the booklength prose poem collaboration Orphery, likely forthcoming with Corrupt Press books. Jennifer also translates French poets, curates the Ivy Writers reading series in Paris and the Ecrire l’Art mini-residency for French authors at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse. She was a poetry editor for VERSAL out of Amsterdam until this fall when she gave that up to focus on artistic collaborations. She, writes book reviews for various places such as Jacket 2 or Drunken Boat, and a poetics column called Of Tradition and Experiment for Tears in the Fence (UK). From Nov-8 January she was the writer in residence for the Régionale 17 with the Kunsthalle-Mulhouse Centre d’Art Contemporaine and the Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland—and completed a text installation on an architectural space as part of her regional writing project. Starting in January 2017 and running through 2018, Jennifer will be part of and co-directing Expanded Translation a group of poet and critic seminars in the UK and France, focused on various forms of translation, from sound to intersemiotic work. The first of these was held at The Poetry Library, London, Southbank Centre on 9-10 April 2017 and the second will be in Mulhouse on 8-10 November 2017.

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Lara Azar to Guest at SpokenWord Paris June 12th—Monday’s Theme: Excuses

IMG_3044Lara is an American stand up comedian and writer living in Paris. She does stand up in venues all over Paris and runs a weekly late night interactive comedy show. When she’s not writing or doing comedy, she can be found on the metro, getting unsolicited advice from strangers

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Open Secret, 2nite: “Pain hurts!” Featuring…You!


Open Secret! Your own intimate community open mic, Wednesdays @ Le Bistrot des Artistes (6, rue des Anglais, 5è). Inspired words, moving muse-ic, divine comedy, bizarro performance art, dream theater, & pleeez, dance! Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). At 8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9 your spectacle!

Our theme this week was inspired by a genius book I read as a child, about the Peanuts Gang, Charlie Brown & Snoopy the Dog & all – the character Linus was found crying, & Charlie asked him why. He yelled out “Because pain hurts!” Brilliant. Doesn’t it?

See ya @ Ze Bistrot! 🙂

(Painting care of Amedeo Modigliani: “Portrait of Maude Abrantes.”)

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